Serving packages for multiple distribitions from a single PPA

August 03, 2015 at 02:21 PM | categories: pyxie, vivid, arduino, python, trusty, actors, ubuntu, iotoy, dfuprogrammer, kamaelia | View Comments

So, I created a PPA for my home projects - either things I've written, or things I use. ( link to launchpad ) Anyway, I use Ubuntu 14.04LTS, primarily for stability, but making things available for more recent versions of Ubuntu tends to make sense.

To cut a long story short, the way you can make packages available for later distributions is to copy the packages into those distributions. Obviously that will work better for packages that are effectively source packages (pure python ones) rather than binary packages.

The process is almost trivial:

  • Go to your PPA, specifically the detail for your packages.
  • Hit copy and select the packages you want to copy into a later ubuntu distribution
  • Select the distribution you wish to copy them to (eg Vivid for 15.04, etc)
  • Then tell it to copy then over the packages.

And that's pretty much it.

As a result, you can now get the following packages for 14.04.02LTS and 15.04 from my PPA:

  • pyxie - A "Little Python" to C++ compiler. Very much a WIP. Supports Arduino as a target platform. (WIP)
  • arduino-iotoy - IOToy interfaces for running on arduino (STABLE)
  • python-iotoy - Python library for working with IOToy devices - local and remote - and publishing on the network. (STABLE)
  • guild - My new Actor library. (Pun: An Actor's Guild) (STABLE)
  • guild.kamaelia - when "done" will contain a collection of components that were useful in Kamaelia, but suitable for use with Guild (WIP)

Older libraries there:

  • axon - Kamaelia's core concurrency library (STABLE)
  • kamaelia - Kamaelia - a collection of components that operate concurrently (STABLE)
  • rfidtag - A wrapper around TikiTag/TouchaTag tags. (Has a binary element, unknown as to whether will work on 15.04 - let me know?!) (STABLE)
  • waypoint - A tool for allowing opt-in tracking at events - for example to allow people to pick up a personalised programmer after the event. (STABLE)

Libraries/tools by others that I use:

Found this from this helpful post on stack overflow

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Ubuntu PPA Packages of sparkslabs projects

March 01, 2015 at 05:43 PM | categories: trusty, arduino, python, actors, ubuntu, iotoy, dfuprogrammer, kamaelia | View Comments

I've been meaning to do this for a long while now, but finally gotten around to it. I've set up an Ubuntu PPA for the respositories I have on github. The aim of this is to simplify sharing things with others.

My target distribution is Ubunty 14.04.1LTS

In order to install any of the packages under Ubuntu, you first add my new PPA, and update and install using apt-get.

ie Add my PPA to your machine:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sparkslabs/packages

Then do an update:

sudo apt-get update

You can the install any of things I've packaged up as follows:

  • Guild: sudo apt-get install guild
  • The arduino libraries for IOToy: sudo apt-get install arduino-iotoy
  • Python IOToy libraries: sudo apt-get install python-iotoy
  • dfu-programmer: sudo apt-get install dfu-programmer
  • The nascent Kamaelia compatibility layer for Guild: sudo apt-get install python-guild-kamaelia
  • Python RFID Tag Reader Module: sudo apt-get install python-rfidtag
  • Waypoint (used the RFID tag reader to enable opt-in tracking round a venue): sudo apt-get install python-waypoint
  • Axon: sudo apt-get install python-axon
  • Kamaelia: sudo apt-get install python-kamaelia

Mainly for my convenience, but will also make install docs for my projects simpler :-)

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